Apoka Safari Lodge is set in the remote and romantic Kidepo Valley National Park, Apoka, has it all, luxurious décor, inspiring views from every vantage point and vast plains teaming with a greater diversity of wildlife than any other park in Uganda.
The rooms at Apoka safari lodge have been built with comfort in mind. Everything is handmade by local craftsmen, everything is large and capacious.
10 expansive rooms with natural canvas walls surround a rocky kopje with endless views across the savannah.
With inside sitting rooms and private verandas there are plenty of places to relax, read and write letters.
Big hand-hewn beds with soft duvets are draped with mosquito nets, hand-woven woolen carpets, extra large plush towels, oversized dressing gowns…you may be as far away from the city as you’ll ever be, but you won’t miss a thing.
Each room has its own ensuite bathroom with double sink and large tropical shower.
Water is heated by solar power and there is plenty of it. Step outside to a sheltered terrace and slip into your own outdoor stone bathtub, big enough to fit the whole family. All rooms have electric lights, power points.
When you close your eyes and think of Africa, the landscape you imagine – the jagged hills, the golden grasses, the plains dotted with wildlife, the soft glowing light – is likely to be Kidepo. This is Uganda’s most remote park, far away from city life.
Kidepo has been classified as semi-desert – but this classification can be very misleading. Expansive grassy plains are dotted with big rocky outcrops and flanked by steep jagged mountains.
In the distance to the north, perfect triangular conical mountains rise out of Sudanese soil, to the east is the sudden drop of the Great Rift – we are at the western edge of this rift, looking down into Kenya’s Turkana country.
Dry river beds zig zag across the park,fringed with borassus and sausage trees. Tracts of forest also feature in this park, many have yet to be explored.
Wildlife in kidepo is abundant. Lions, leopard, cheetah, elephant, giraffe, zebra (this is Uganda’s only park where giraffe and zebra are found together), possibly Africa’s largest herds of buffalo, hartebeest, waterbuck, bushbuck, warthog…the list is endless.
Better still, much of it can be seen from the privacy of your veranda or your outdoor bathtub, but the best way to see the wildlife is up close, on foot.
Apoka Lodge has 10 wood, thatched and canvas rooms with an outdoor bathtub, private veranda and a lounge area